Despite disabling the feature, T-Mobile shows you how to setup Wi-Fi Calling on the Google Nexus 4

Despite disabling the feature, T-Mobile shows you how to setup Wi-Fi Calling on the Google Nexus 4
Earlier this month, we told you that T-Mobile had decided to disable the Wi-Fi Calling feature on the Google Nexus 4, which launches on the Google Play Store tomorrow and later next month for the nation's fourth largest carrier. Wi-Fi Calling is a neat little feature that actually does exactly what its name suggests, allow you to make calls over Wi-Fi which can add some battery life to the handset and give you clearer phone conversations. Minutes using the Wi-Fi calling feature are counted as cellular minutes on your bill.

T-Mobile's support page for the phone has spawned some questions about whether or not the carrier is still planning on disabling the feature. Right on the website are directions for setting up Wi-Fi calling including instructions for hooking up 9-1-1 to the feature, and setting your network preferences. The question is why would T-Mobile show these directions if the carrier has disabled the feature. There could be a legitimate answer.

The 8GB model of the Google Nexus 4 will be $199 from T-Mobile with a signed two-year pact. The same model from the Google Play Store will be $299 off contract. Those who desire Wi-Fi Calling because they have poor phone reception, or who want the Google Play Store version because there are no handcuffs, could pay the extra $100 for the unlocked phone, and still hook up to T-Mobile's speedy 42Mbps HSPA+ pipeline. Perhaps for these customers, T-Mobile has posted the instructions for Wi-Fi calling. Or just maybe T-Mobile has changed its mind and will support Wi-Fi calling on its branded version of the phone. We have a call into T-Mobile for clarification and will try to get an answer to you.

source: T-Mobile via AndroidAuthority

UPDATE: A T-Mobile spokesman has informed us that the support page for the Google Nexus 4 is incorrect and that it is confirmed that T-Mobile will not enable Wi-Fi calling on the Google Nexus 4

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Nexus 4
  • Display 4.7" 768 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, Quad-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB
  • Battery 2100 mAh(15.3h talk time)



1. user312

Posts: 68; Member since: Aug 21, 2012

stupid google wanting hspa in that nexus i cant get it now print find a way to fix this (first comment yay :)

2. user312

Posts: 68; Member since: Aug 21, 2012

i meant sprint

3. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012


4. MeoCao unregistered

LOL, this is fourth

6. The_Innovation

Posts: 648; Member since: Jul 18, 2012


7. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

HSPA is pretty much available all over the world.... Blame Sprint and Verizon as to why you're not getting the N4 at launch. It only took them months to update to Jellybean. Oh and seventh comment. Wooooo-hooooo!

5. MeoCao unregistered

I read that the WIFI technology used in Nexus 4 is not compatible with Tmo wifi calling. This I find credible as I can't see why TMo should disable the feature.

13. ankurg

Posts: 4; Member since: Aug 06, 2012

It's actually a software issue and nothing to do with the WiFi technology used (that is all standard). WiFi calling requires certain changes to the innerworkings of the Android software (making it so just installing an app is inadequate to have WiFi calling functionality). This is usually done by the company Kineto on a per phone basis for T-Mobile. In this case, such software changes have not been made to Android installed on the Nexus 4 to allow WiFi calling compatibility. That isn't to say, however, that it could never come or someone could try and port drivers from a different android device. Porting software from a different device, however, has proven difficult for other devices that don't have a similar spec'd device that does support WiFi calling.

8. Mr.Mr.Upgrade

Posts: 474; Member since: Aug 30, 2011

My Verizon nexus hs 4.1.1 ....tmobile metro pcs...sprint....are a wait of time...

9. TheMan

Posts: 494; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

"Minutes using the Wi-Fi calling feature are counted as cellular minutes on your bill." Not exactly right, Wifi calling counts towards your plan minutes only if you don't have the free wifi calling feature applied to your service. (We always make a point of adding it to new lines of service.) With the feature applied you can make unlimited domestic calls at no cost and without burning your plan minutes. And did I mention it's free? Call TMO customer care to add this feature.

18. Lboogey6

Posts: 281; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

why did you get a thumbs down??

10. The_Innovation

Posts: 648; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

Who has T-Mobile anyway? lolz

11. Zero0

Posts: 592; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

It's been edited. T-Mobile's site now says that Wi-Fi Calling is not supported. Other than that, I think that this issue is being presented the wrong way. As I understood it, Wi-Fi Calling is not available because it requires a T-Mobile modification to work. As this is a Nexus, that isn't possible. There's a chance that someone might build a ROM with Wi-Fi Calling support, though.

12. Gawain

Posts: 438; Member since: Apr 15, 2010

This is going to sound nit-picky, but in the previous article you cited, it says nothing about T-Mobile being the party responsible for no WiFi calling, and also, none of the other Nexus devices supported it either. So how is this T-Mo's fault?

14. jsdechavez

Posts: 793; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

Wifi calling is charged by the carrier (as cellular minutes)? This is ridiculous!

15. mydi.maus unregistered

wimax call

16. wade101

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

does that mean that viber will be useless?

17. mydi.maus unregistered


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